About: Boogaloo was opened at Christmas 2002 by Jazzman entertainment. The people behind Jazzman, John Keane and Gerry O'Boyle, shared a vision and desire to create a bar that would establish itself amongst great rock n' roll bars of its time, their aim being to create a bar known for 'good drink, good music, and good atmosphere'.
Top venues for Indie fans Get ready to pose, pose and pose some more. Up in Highgate at the Boogaloo Bar everyone looks the part. And if they look indie and they act indie then they must be indie. You’ll always find a ramshackle night of action here and in truth the atmosphere is some kind of fun. There’s a handy terrace at the rear too.
London's hardest pub quizzes Every Tuesday this Archway pub runs a music quiz called Who Killed Bambi, however it’s their film quiz on the second Wednesday of every month that has movie buffs banging their heads together. The Slightly Bigger Picture is perfect for cinema fanatics, plus if you like jukeboxes and rock’n’roll this may well be your heaven.
Best venues to hear live music From the murals in the back yard to the dive bar interior, everything about The Boogaloo screams authenticity. And while the phrase ‘too cool for school’ gets muttered about the inhabitants on occasions, well maybe that’s just because they were too cool to go to school? And they can’t help that. It remains a great North London spot for thrashing rock and jingly jangly guitars.
Best bars with a jukebox If you know the Boogaloo’s history then you’ll know that this was quite the popular pub for the hip and the musically famous to come and drink at. As such, the jukebox here is second to none. And there are even playlists curated by some of the more illustrious visitors from the past.
Located on a hill in Archway, Boogaloo Bar has some superstar pretensions that we need to get straight right away. It may have once been a hit with the Kate Moss crowd but these days the only musical celebrity you’re likely to find in this divey – yet excellent – bar is an out of work actor who once played the part of a promising singer songwriter in an episode of Casualty – before having a crane fall on his head, obviously. Now that we’ve got that sorted we can move on to telling you why you shouldn’t even care about those fickle fame-sters that have flown this trad looking coup.
Music is still good here. DJs play throughout the week, live bands play throughout the week and dancing naturally comes along with it. What’s not to like? Think 60’s garage, rock ‘n’ roll, soul, funk and anything else loosely based around guitars playing on the sound system. Drinks could be better – the paucity of craft beers here would send the more picky ale fan running – with a few generic lagers only. The hot toddy was a pleasant surprise on our last visit though. Boogaloo also hosts the Who Killed Bambi music quiz, one of London’s longest running (and toughest) music quizzes, which is always a challenge worth meeting. Open late and with a beer garden out back, this has to remain one of our favourite dancing spots. Some talk of surly staff, we don’t even notice because we’re too busy simultaneously sipping hot toddy, dancing and clearing up our head cold.
T.A.O reviewed The Boogaloo on Fri 24 Jan 2014
The Latest User Reviews of The Boogaloo
User Rating: 10 / 10
sandra, wood green Added: Aug 2014
fabulous place, great music , small enough to be fun, a lively funky crowd
This place has definitely lost a little bit of its cool over the last six years or so but it's still a good little juke-joint. Good music (generally) and a late license make it a dive bar worth travelling to.
A disappointing experience. The manager was extremely rude, the doorman was clearly under his heel (as I guess it should be, but still dishartening to see how much of a sycophant a respectable person can be), everything was blamed on the mysterious 'manager' who must be sleeping with the disgustingly fat and bald owner to have so much power over him. The crowd was outside of the M25 and the drinks were overpriced. Unclear why anyone would go here.